22 April, 2021

The Next Station Is...

L&T said it might exit, there are rifts aplenty, how is Hyderabad Metro still upbeat on target?

P. Anil Kumar
The Next Station Is...
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Sitting in his office at Cyber Towers, HiTec City, L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail CEO Vivek B. Gadgil seems slightly on edge. Talking about L&T’s work in construction of Metro lines across several of Ind­ia’s cities, Gadgil wonders why only in Hyd­e­rabad the media is “nosy”, and keen to run down every aspect of the Metro.

Indeed, ever since the engineering giant began work on the 72-km Hyder­a­bad Metro line in June 2012, it’s been a series of hurdles. There have been  prote­sts from traders, heritage conservationi­sts, green activists, politicians, not to for­get its own run-INS with the Hyder­a­bad Metro Rail Ltd, a corporate entity of the Telangana government. A PMO project monitoring group is also supervising the Metro, following the tussles with the TRS government. In Sep­tember, there were even reports that the central government had taken over the project.

But at a recent meeting between the four—CM K. Chandrasekhara Rao, L&T chairman A.M. Naik, Gadgil, and...

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